Clifton Lido and The Victoria Public House

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Clifton Pool and The Victoria Public House
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Clifton Lido and The Victoria Public House is located in Bristol
Clifton Lido and The Victoria Public House
Location within Bristol
General information
Town or city Bristol
Country England
Coordinates 51°27′32″N 2°36′42″W / 51.4589°N 2.6117°W / 51.4589; -2.6117
Completed c1850

The Clifton Pool and Victoria Public House (grid reference ST576735) is an historic lido and public house situated in Oakfield Place in the Whiteladies Road area of Clifton, Bristol, England. [1]

Also known as the Clifton Lido, the pool is an open air swimming pool designed by Richard Shackleton Pope and opened on Monday 29 July 1850.[2] The public house was added later.

It has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building,[3] and is set in a Conservation Area.[4]

The site is 885 square metres (1,058 sq yd) and includes a 250 square metres (299 sq yd) swimming pool.[5]

It closed to the public in 1990 and was subsequently subject to several redevelopment plans. In 2005 it was acquired by the Bristol Glass Boat Company,[6] who restored the pool with the addition of substantial spa facilities with saunas and other treatment rooms and built a restaurant and café.[4][7] It reopened in November 2008 as The Lido, Bristol.[8]

The Victoria public house occupies a corner of the site, carved out soon after the lido was under construction to provide funds for its completion. The pub remained open (although not continuously) during the lido's closure. Originally a George's Bristol Brewery tied house, it passed to Ushers of Trowbridge in the 1960s and then through several hands. Since early 2006 the pub has been refurbished and operated by Dawkins Ales, a small local pub group and brewery.



  1. ^ "Before and after: historic buildings restored and transformed". Daily Telegraph. 
  2. ^ "History". Clifton pool. Retrieved 2007-08-29. 
  3. ^ "The Clifton Pool and The Victoria Public House". Images of England. Retrieved 2007-02-22. 
  4. ^ a b "Clifton Lido business and development plan" (PDF). Clifton Lido. Archived from the original on 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2007-08-29. 
  5. ^ "Planning Document". Clifton pool. Retrieved 2007-08-29. 
  6. ^ "New life for derelict city lido". BBC News. 2005-01-12. Retrieved 2007-08-29. 
  7. ^ "Clifton Lido to return to the heart of the community". GVA Grimley. Retrieved 2007-08-29. 
  8. ^ "Suburb's Victorian lido reopens". BBC News. 24 November 2008. Retrieved 2010-01-02. "The pool water is heated by solar panels on the roof. The Victorian Clifton Lido in Bristol has reopened after two decades and a £2m revamp." 

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